“Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make sense any more.”

~ Rumi

The vision for The Rural Project came after experiencing the connection between people and space, and adding meaning to that relationship. With that intention be it both rural and urban, it opens the door to well nurtured projects, relationships and people. Here, this formula is applied to a rural setting to imbibe the wellbeing from the natural environment into the work people produce and the quality of the offering available. 

We mix enterprise and business with land skills, therapy and art. We host events on bridging rural and urban divides, facilitate ‘conversations that matter’, enlightened agriculture and workshops on wellbeing, rural skills and craft.

A key part of The Rural Project is to bring the right people together to discuss real issues that affect our rural lives, and how we could be a conduit to enable access and connections to be made. This was some of the feedback:

“A new bold move forward. Nice job mixing it up. Keep weaving the fabric. Groundswell makes us move and investment in inspirational leaders.”

“I cannot overstate how valuable it is for all these people to be in a room together. we need to promote this sense of community and vision.” - Food campaigner for City Council

“I spend a lot of time talking about sustainable food production, but never really engage first hand! I’m intrigued about the challenges something like the Bristol Food Belt would face in today’s free market, however the event like tonight gives so much hope that these can be overcome. The rural hub dream is well.. the dream!” - Restaurant manager

“Being a young person keen to go into the agricultural food industry, I am excited by the prospect of a more sustainable, conscious food organisation creating a stronger connection between consumers, growers / farmers and retailers etc it is something that needs to happen so this evening has deepened my knowledge and made me want to get involved to thank you!” - A farmers daughter.

Despite being an “Enlightened vision for rural Britain” (Stir Magazine 2017), we demonstrate pragmatic ways to live into an integrated, self reliant and interconnected future. We are using the UN Sustainable Development Goals to guide our work with and have focused on three where we have the biggest impact:

 
The field can be felt; it is hostile or loving, repressed or fluid. It consists not only of such overt, visible, tangible structures such as meeting agendas, party platforms and rational debate but also hidden, invisible, intangible emotional processes such as jealousy, prejudice, hurt and anger.

In any group, certain problems must be solved in a stunted, linear, rationale manner. These solutions will hold up, though, only if disturbances in the feeling atmosphere have been addressed first.
— Arnold Mindell ~ Sitting in the Fire